Area Briefing


Nevada Child Seekers and the U.S. Department of Justice are sponsoring a Missing Children's Day poster contest open to all fifth-graders.

The winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., for an award ceremony. The contest's theme is, "Bring Our Missing Children Home." The deadline for entries is Jan. 28.

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The city of Las Vegas said its 3-year-old spay and neuter ordinance is helping address pet overpopulation.

The ordinance, adopted in November 2009, requires dogs and cats older than 4 months in the city of Las Vegas to be spayed or neutered, except under specified circumstances. Dogs and cats must also be microchipped before they can be recovered from impound or adopted from the Lied Animal Shelter, 655 N. Mojave Road.

The city said the ordinance has resulted in:

A 13 percent reduction in the number of trips made by animal control officers to the Lied Animal Shelter to drop off animals.

A 38 percent reduction in the number of animals being dropped off at the shelter by animal control officers.

A 24 percent reduction in complaints of animals running at large.

A 23 percent reduction in the number of animals being turned in at the shelter by the public.

Fewer animals are being euthanized due to the reductions, which also helps decrease impound expenses, city officials said. Also, city animal control officers can spend more time attending to the public's needs, city officials said.

Exceptions regarding the ordinance include animals being held by a shelter or other organization for adoption; animals being held by people with a fancier's permit; and animals that are incapable of breeding or are medically unsuited for being spayed or neutered.

Similar ordinances are in effect in Clark County, Henderson and North Las Vegas.


Residents are welcome to sign a banner at Las Vegas City Hall to show their commitment to preventing drunken driving.

Signatures represent a pledge to have a designated driver on hand while out drinking. The banner is set to be on display from 8 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Jan. 3 outside of city council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 495 S. Main St. Pens are available for those who wish to add their signatures.

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The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada announced that Lincoln Elementary School third-grader Britta Reber and Martin Middle School sixth-grader Sergio Saucedo-Reyes took the top two spots in the commission's sixth annual anti-graffiti artwork competition.

Britta won first place, and Sergio was first runner-up. The students' artwork was unveiled during a Dec. 6 ceremony and is to be displayed for up to one year on transportation commission buses and shelters around the valley.

Fifty valley elementary and middle school students entered the contest to promote the theme, "Keep Southern Nevada Graffiti Free." The pool was narrowed to 10 finalists before winners were selected. The other eight finalists were Chloe Nguyen, Lenae Joe and Bianca Chamberlin of The Meadows School; Camilia Valencia of MacKey Elementary School; Hunter Johnson and Jacob Cunanan of Bailey Elementary School; and Frida Reyes and Azalia Arreola of Martin Middle School.

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The Nevada Department of Transportation has implemented parking restrictions during the winter travel season from December through March on Mount Charleston.

Due to the number of visitors in the area on the weekends and holidays, motorists are not be allowed to park or walk on the roadways. "No parking" signs will be placed throughout Kyle and Lee canyons. The Metropolitan Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol will enforce the restrictions.

Parking will be eliminated on the transportation department's right-of-way on state Route 157 from state Route 158 to the Mount Charleston Lodge and on state Route 156 from the Meadows to the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and by the fire station in Lee Canyon.

In areas where parking is allowed - the Resort on Mount Charleston, the U.S. Forest Service parking lots/land and east of state Route 158 - vehicles must park in spaces or off the road. Wheels must be to the right of the white lines to prevent damage to vehicles and to allow medical, police and fire personnel to respond to emergencies. Vehicles parked over the white lines, in no-parking zones or that otherwise impede the flow of traffic will be ticketed and towed. Fines begin at $190. Visitors should also must refrain from playing or parking on private property, residential areas or sites marked as closed. Trespassing fines begin at $150.

Motorists who stop in travel lanes to put snow chains on their tires will be cited.

The restrictions are part of the transportation department's public safety outreach efforts.

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The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation hosted a Seventies Stayin' Alive karaoke competition and fundraiser Dec. 8 at Rí Rá Irish Pub to benefit the foundation's efforts to assist victims of fire and other catastrophic events.

The event included a singing competition featuring costumes, drink specials, giveaways and more. Participants and guests were encouraged to don 1970s attire for a chance to win a prize for the best-dressed attendee.

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation consists of personnel from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and the Clark County, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Nellis fire departments. The foundation also works closely with the burn unit at University Medical Center to help care for victims of fires and other catastrophes.

In the past year, the foundation has raised about $32,000 to assist families confronted with a catastrophic event.

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Local laws require that political campaign signs be removed 15 days after an election.

To report an illegal campaign sign, call 702-455-4191 for unincorporated areas of Clark County, 702-229-6615 for the city of Las Vegas' jurisdiction, 702-633-1030 for North Las Vegas or 702-267-3950 for Henderson.


Clark County Fire Department Training Academy rookies took part in swift water awareness rescue training Nov. 27 in Big Bend State Park in Laughlin.

The training provided recruits with exposure to life-saving rescue and survival techniques that can be used during any type of water rescue, including calls involving stranded motorists and pedestrians trapped in flash floods, Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington said.

The 28 academy students are in their final weeks of rookie school training, which started July 23. The students have completed a three-hour classroom session on water rescues at the department's fire training center on Tropicana Avenue.

Members of Laughlin's Technical Rescue Team from stations 76 and 85 led the recent water rescue training. The Laughlin team is trained to conduct swift-water rescue, high- and low-angle rope rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue and boat operations.


The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center plan to distribute free helmets to youths during the seventh annual Lids on Kids safety education campaign from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 5-Feb. 2.

Trained Lids on Kids volunteers will fit toddlers through preteens for a helmet. Children and their parents will participate in a short education program presented by members of National Ski Patrol to learn and understand the skier/snowboarder code of safety and responsibility.

The free program coincides with the National Ski Area Association Safety Week, Jan. 14-22, and Learn to Ski/Snow Month in January. The program launched in 2006 after a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report that said wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding could prevent or reduce the severity of 53 percent of head injuries for those younger than 15.

To date, the ski resort has provided more than 1,000 free helmets to local youths, with more than 300 given out in the 2011-12 season. Earlier this year, the resort received the National Ski Areas Association's National Ski Area Safety Award for the program.


Residents can dispose of their holiday cooking oil in an eco-friendly way by taking part in the Clark County Water Reclamation District's annual oil recycling event.

Cooking oil is scheduled to be accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 26 through Jan. 15 in the south ticketing parking lot at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

The recycling program is a component of the district's Don't Be a Pain in the Drain outreach campaign, geared to decrease the amount of sewer blockages and overflows caused by fat, oil, grease and grit disposed of in drains by customers.

The used cooking oil that is collected is recycled into biofuel for trucks, buses and vehicles.

Participants can pour their used oil back into the original container or use funnels that are available between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the water reclamation district's offices at 5857 E. Flamingo Road. Smaller amounts of used cooking oil and grease can be put into a can and disposed of in the garbage.

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Traffic lane restrictions are in effect on a 24-hour basis through January on Lone Mountain Road between Rancho Drive and Decatur Boulevard due to roadway improvements.

Traffic is scheduled to be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Motorists are advised to use Craig or Ann roads as alternative east-west routes.

Preliminary work was completed this year and consisted of improvements to sidewalk areas to meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The current work consists of removal and reconstruction of deteriorated areas of pavement, grinding and resurfacing of the pavement and installation of new traffic delineation.

Partial street improvements were completed several months ago in conjunction with a storm drain project that will complete the rehabilitation of the street surface.

Las Vegas Paving Corp. is the contractor. City of Las Vegas Department of Operations and Maintenance personnel are managing the $675,000 project. Funding is provided by the city of Las Vegas.


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